He wants to know if there is a way to tell if the barrel is Winchester also.
He took off the hand guard and did not notice any markings.
The barrel is 4 groove. The serial is is in the 5,7xx,xxx range.
Any suggestions what to look for and where to look on the barrel?
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February 13, 2008, 05:00 PM
According to "U.S. M1 Carbines, Wartime Production" by Craig Riesch you should see a marking behind the front sight. The markings for Winchester are "WRA" with a flaming bomb, "W" or a "W intersecting with a P" in an oval proof mark.
We don't see any of those markings on the barrel.
The only thing we see is an odd "V" on the top of the barrel just forward of the bayonet lug. It could be just more than the right half of a poorly stuck "W", but the location seems too far back.
February 13, 2008, 07:38 PM
Can you get a picture or two?
February 13, 2008, 08:25 PM
He will take some pictures tonight. I will post them tomorrow.
Thanks again for the help.
February 13, 2008, 11:23 PM
I just got my Winchester from the CMP. It does not have the flaming bomb and date on it. There is a W stamp behind the sight, and then the Winchester proof mark a little farther back.
February 18, 2008, 12:54 PM
We finally found a camera with good resolution.
Can anyone identify the mark on the barrel?
The mark is just forward of the bayonet lug on the top of the barrel.
February 18, 2008, 01:33 PM
It has almost certainly been re-barreled at some point in its life.
An original WWII M1 carbine from any of the makers would have the ordinance bomb and barrel manufactures info behind the front sight.
A lot of carbines have come back into the U.S. as surplus from our lend-lease programs to foreign countries.
My guess is that it had a replacement barrel put on it while in the hands of some other friendly nation.